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ac­cent. Sure, he did well in the film but I judged him as one of those ac­tors who would just dis­ap­pear. Af­ter all, he was “just star­ring in an in­die film.” I took no pho­tos and had min­i­mal in­ter­ac­tion with him. Who would have thought that he would end up nu­mer­ous awards for his per­for­mance in the film, star in so many in­die and main­stream movies, and even be­come a house­hold name? I have long moved on from my back­ward think­ing and have watched and ap­pre­ci­ated a lot of in­die films and their ac­tors. Also, I made sure to take a photo with Coco the next time I’d see him.”

Rob Gon­za­les

“From con­duct­ing an im­promptu pic­to­rial and in­ter­view with Direk Jer­rold Tarog right out­side the pre­miere of his epic “Goyo, Ang Batang Hen­eral,” to shar­ing anec­dotes with Jes­sica Zafra as well as hav­ing Kevin Kwan sign your copy of his best­seller. One per­son­al­ity that strikes a chord was ac­tor John Lloyd Cruz (Play! “Hon­or­ing His Craft,” Jan­uary 24, 2016). Amidst the flurry of in­ter­views (and han­dlers mind­fully clear­ing bot­tles on the din­ner ta­ble) to pro­mote “Honor Thy Fa­ther,” he said, in jest: “The most dif­fi­cult role sig­uro is when I get to play my­self. ‘ Yun sig­uro ang pinakamahi­rap .” It’s hon­est mo­ments like this, it’s all about be­ing in their most can­did and hu­man side as much as pos­si­ble.

Hayde Quiñanola

“The thing with in­ter­view­ing peo­ple is that there’s al­ways a take-away knowl­edge in the end, and writ­ing about a place comes with valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence. So I don’t pass up ev­ery chance to in­ter­view book au­thors with Na­tional Book Store or to travel out of the coun­try to write about a for­eign place and its for­eign cul­ture. The most mem­o­rable in­ter­views were with YA au­thors, Tar­ryn Fisher and Alyson Noel, who ad­vised to em­brace your bad side be­cause good writ­ers need good flaws. It’ll make the writ­ing dy­namic and real. As for the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence, the South Ko­rea trip and the Royal Car­ribean Cruise topped the list be­cause who doesn’t love to ex­pe­ri­ence that?”

Ap­ple M. Ta-as

“As a fem­i­nist my­self, the women’s month fea­tures that ran on the three Sun­days of March 2018 for Play! ranks first on my list of fa­vorites. Work­ing with fel­low writer Hayde Quiñanola, it was the most ful­fill­ing project I made as it tack­les one of the things I am most pas­sion­ate about—women em­pow­er­ment. Sec­ond on my list would be my cov­er­ages about Ce­buano artists and lo­cal brands/start-ups. I took pride on let­ting their sto­ries be known to the closely knit Ce­buano com­mu­nity. My third fa­vorite has to be my in­ter­view with spo­ken word artists Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye. It felt sur­real shar­ing a ta­ble with them, just talk­ing about writ­ing and the strug­gles that comes with it. It some­how re­minded me of my pur­pose--to write for those whose sto­ries need to be heard and told.”

Michelle Joy Pa­day­hag

“In Septem­ber 2014, I met Thai su­per­stars Mario Mau­rer and Pim­chanok Lue­visad­paibul on an as­sign­ment at the Shangri-La’s Mac­tan Re­sort and Spa. I al­most lost my phone af­ter the in­ter­view. Thank­fully, Mario found it! That was the best ad­vance birth­day gift. I saw my crush and he even greeted me.”

Clint Holton Potes­tas

“My story on Jodi Sta. Maria. It went all over the so­cial me­dia, picked up by main­stream news out­lets. I think the story was sim­ple, not best so far. A jour­nal­ist’s luck: I was just at the right place at the right time.” Be­com­ing the con­tribut­ing ed­i­tor of Style of the Month em­pow­ers me to pro­tect an or­ga­nized plat­form that fash­ion is so­ci­etal and cul­tural. Regine Ve­lasquez. And no one else.”

AU­TO­GRAPHED photo of Regine Ve­lasquez for Clint

CLOCK­WISE from top: Dale Is­rael, Rick Gabuya, Niza, Neil, Ja­son, Orly Ca­je­gas, Nerissa, and Mimi

ROB with di­rec­tor Jer­rold Tarog

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